'''Bradford College''' operated in the part of Haverhill, Massachusetts|Haverhill
that was once the town of Bradford, Massachusetts|Bradford
. Founded in 1803, Bradford College began as Bradford Academy, one of New England's earliest coeducational institutions. In 1836 Bradford chose to devote itself exclusively to the education of women.
By 1932, the school had grown from a secondary school and became Bradford Junior College. In 1971 Bradford was authorized to grant bachelor's degrees. The new Bradford College began admitting men again that same year. Bradford College focused on the creative arts and social sciences with one of the oldest alumni associations in the country.
On November 19, 1999 its Board of Trustees announced that the 197-year-old liberal arts institution would close in May 2000.